Peace

In sum, why can’t we live in peace? This is not the world we live in. We do not live in a world of peace. There are people in serious conflict with each other, in some kind of way, on one day or another. Even with some hurt towards their creator. The reality of the world is that people do have a choice in a free world over their lives, but it is rather too simplistic for Brothers in Arms (1985) the album to assume that the world is simple enough to be at peace and in harmony. As if a choice would bring peace.

The world is complex. If one opened up a gospel to the section on peace on earth one may be surprised that Jesus ‘meek and mild’ the Son of God said that he did not come to bring peace on earth. Was Jesus more in touch with reality than us? Did he accept that in the world there would be trouble? Jesus who came as God’s ‘representative’ to bring the further interests of God to earth yet was knowing of reality and its troubles.

Yet we know that because of troubles Jesus does not leave the scene without leaving comfort for his disciples. They were even commissioned by Jesus to spread this comfort and his Good News to lost and troubled people.

But when they spread the message, the disciples would face conflict and not peace. Some people strongly resisted believing in the message and its ring of truth.

Hence, no peace, But: “In this world you will have trouble. Take heart, I have overcome the world,” he said to his disciples–which is His grace and peace to a mind that transcends the understanding. A lovely garden for the soul.

Peace can be found in Him.

Emphasis

Some preachers emphasis confession immediately after sinning, but when did I hear a preacher talk about prayer to the Lord Jesus when one is tempted and praying immediately, so one can avoid sinning? The Lord can help one overcome temptation, the challenge is in a steely resolve to say no to temptation, with God’s help. One may stumble, but one can get up and learn to say no and keep on saying no.

Center

Spirituality is subjective. Christian spirituality would have to be centered on Jesus Christ, but cannot be about “who is Jesus for you”, as therefore Jesus could be anybody who fits your description of Jesus and not the gospel’s.

There can be many spirits, but only one Spirit from Jesus Christ. There can be many false Christs, but only one Christ from history, who can reveal himself to us today–the only true Jesus Christ as shown to us in the gospel. The question to our spirituality, from which Christian spirituality flows, is do we believe in this Christ?